Sunday, June 21, 2009

Registering Visual C# Express

My trial of Visual C# 2008 Express Edition had run out so it wouldn't let me continue without registering. This shouldn't be too hard, I thought to myself... Well, first of all, I could have sworn I had a Microsoft Live ID with my personal e-mail address, but I guess I was wrong. I then attempted to create a new account so I entered all of my information and typed in the CAPTCHA, but it wouldn't take. It kept saying that the CAPTCHA was wrong. I tried at least 20 of them over and over, and finally it took me to a page that there was a problem registering in the account. In a fit of rage I hit F5 a bagillion times really quickly, and guess what! It took! Once hurdle number one was overcome I then actually tried to register. It was stuck with a spinning green progress indicator for about 5 minutes before I gave up. Then I realized my problem all along... I wasn't using Internet Explorer. I reluctantly fired up Internet Explorer, but I still couldn't get it to work. What I finally had to do was set Internet Explorer as my Default Browser so that I could click the button inside of the Visual C# software to launch the registration wizard and only then was I finally able to get through the process.

I do appreciate that Microsoft releases these Express Editions so that I can tinker around at home on personal projects. I just wish they would acknowledge that more than one browser exists in this world, especially in their QA department. Friggin Mircrosoft.


Lucas said...

OMG! haha ive been staring at the green spinner forever. questioning my patience. Stupid MS and their IE. Thankyou

Satoshi Kisaragi said...

Wow that was really annoying, Microsoft. Thanks for the solution, Peter. =D